N.Y. district to reduce positions with decreasing enrollment numbers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After hearing pleas not to cut the hours for kindergarten teaching assistants or for a skilled music teacher, the school board on Tuesday unanimously adopted the budget proposal it had hammered out at a work session last week — for $92.1 million.

There has been little public outcry this year as the district, again faced with reduced aid and a state-set levy limit, continues to make cuts — next year’s spending plan would eliminate roughly 35 jobs. A number of the reductions are driven by the drop in enrollment, which is expected to decrease to 4,887 next year, continuing a downward trend.

Last week, high school students lobbied unsuccessfully to keep the popular X Courses, which combine social studies and English; the cut is to save $93,000.

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